22 SPORT Monday, November 27 2017 | NEW ERA ‘The rock of Gibraltar’ - Harold Kawinga Kaunozondunge Retired Civics Football Club lanky ballplaying centre back, one Harold Kavinga Carlos “CK” Kambaewka Windhoek One club servant… Kawinga (6th from left, back row) with his beloved Civilians. Standing from left: Willy van Wyk, Scural Klaaste, Henoch “Ivory” Uirab, Willa van Wyk, Harold Kawinga Kaunozondunge, Raymond Tanga, Ruben “Ou Pre” Prizz (captain), Tiger Goagoseb. Squatting from left: Brian “Oubaas” Isaacs, Papi Isaacs, Mandla “Sithole” Gamatham, Rex English, Sidney “Sithos” Afrikaner, Raymond Griqua, Bssie English. Back in the day, it was the ultimate dream of each and every young aspiring footballer holed up in the vastly populated Herero section of Namibia’s largest residential area, Katutura, to don the red, white and blue stripped colours of Katutura glamour football club African Stars when they reached a mature age. Former Civics tough tackling center back Harold Kawinga Kaunozondunge was no exception to this tradition and grew up dreaming of one day turning out for his boyhood team. However, as fate would dictate, this was not be as he ended up playing his football for un- Civics Football Club as noted midfielder during his infant object. Born in the city of lights (Windhoek) in the old location just three years before the forced removal from Windhoek’s old location in 1968 – Kawinga started chasing leather with young boys in the neigbourhood playing street football with his buddies in the dusty streets of Katutura. As a youngster, Kawinga was exposed to multi-cultural involvement, having attended several primary schools starting from Bertholdt Himumuine Primary up to St Andrew’s in Khomasdal via St Joseph’s (Dobra). He was a founding member of the youthful Red Devils Football Club, playing alongside the Kazondunge brothers Abel and Kaarari, Frankie Fredericks, Tiwi Kaundje, Totii “Maezu” Hanava, and some talented young footballers from the hood. “I can still recall the late Paramount Chief of the Ovahereros Dr Kuaima Riruako sponsored our playing gear. “In fact, our desire was to play for African Stars’ second strings with the ultimate view of the likes of Tjeripo ‘Pro’ Rijatua, Heilig Ndjtiavi and other older boys kept us at arm’s length from making inroads into the team.” With time passing by, the boys grew in stature and it was advance their aspirations, and while Fredericks joined forces with Black Africa, Kaundje ended up at Hungry Lions before jumping ship to resurface at Tigers – Kawinga who was at the time a pupil at Ella Du Plessis Hgh School joined youthful cant chunk of the team’s playing personnel were my teammates from the school team.” The tallish, skinny footballmad Kawinga went on to represent the Civilians with distinction after he was converted partnering club captain Ruben “Ou Pre” Prinz in the heart of the maroon and white stripped The team was campaigning in the newly formed popular Central Namibia Football Association (CNFA) under the stewardship of the hippy lookalike football guru uncle Bobby Sissing, under the auspices of the militant South African Council of Sport (SACOS) whose motto was “no sport in an abnormal society”. The league was so popular that it attracted large crowds to their matches at the renovated Khomsadal stadium as the teams would engage in monthly knockout tournaments – much to the delight of the appreciative crowd. Apart from Civics, the likes of Swansea, Sorento Bucks, many other football clubs from Katutura, Khomasdal (Windhoek) and Rehoboth competed Kawinga would go on to represent his native land in the highly competitive annual South African Soccer Federation National Inter Provincial B-Section zonal tournaments on several occasions. “The federation had very competitive provincial teams, as tournaments in towns such as Pitermaritzburg, Cape Town and here at home. “It was great fun and a learning curve for us playing against some of the top footballers from South Africa, because Coloureds were employing a different type of football with more emphasis on technique, ball possession, retention, shooting from range and amazing passing, while attacking space.” And by the time Namibia gained her democracy in 1990 – all football leagues in the country were dismantled and thrown in national football league, which led to the unavoidable birth of the country’s elite football league, the Namibia Premier League (NPL). As it turned out, Civics collaborated with bitter rivals Arsenal to enter one strong team representing Khomasdal, under the name of Civics. CNFA were given two places in the elite football league but Arsenal waived its rights to newly formed Liverpool – hence the highly disputed presence of Okahandja-based football league. Kawinga was to form the spine of the new-look Civilians line-up alongside the legendary Brian Isaacs, Bassie English, Henoch “Ivory” Uirab, Tiger Goagoseb, Deon Brookes, Willa van Wyk, Papi Isaacs and Karel Mouton, as the Civilians made an impact carpet game. “The competition in the newly league was extremely tough but we somehow managed to weather the storm because the teams from the Namibia Soccer Super League (NSSL) were very strong and competitive with phenomenal players in their armoury.” He got his taste of international football when he was selected for the Brave Warriors side, making his debut against the visiting Guinea in an Afcon match, which ended in a 1-all stalemate at a packed to rafters Independence Stadium in Windhoek. The Rock… Kawinga Kaunozondunge “I was initially just a squad member but was eventually thrown into the lion’s den when regular centre back and inspirational captain Bimbo Tjihero was suspended.” In the interim, Kawinga and some of his teammates and other talented footballers from Khomasdal with close links to “Uptyze”, would team up touring Upington, South Africa on a regular basis to participate in the popular Easter Weekend knockout tournaments against local teams from that neck of the woods. “We could not enter as Civics, that’s why we played under the disguised name ‘The Drink Team’ but it was fun playing in a different environment as we really enjoyed ourselves.” The football playing tallish centre back cites former Nampol and Orlando Pirates tricky center forward Ewakdt Hoeseb as the player who gave him nightmares career with the mighty Civilians. “To be honest, bro Ewaldt was one hell of a striker, who was blessed with amazing talent and could dribble at amazing speed, shoot from range, excellent header of the ball and was In his own words, Kawinga enjoyed playing against Khomsdal rivals Young Ones Football Club and also cherishes his battles with Katutura giants African Stars and Orlando Pirates while singling out former African car “Silver Fox” Mengo as the greatest footballer he has ever come across during his playing days.
Monday, November 27 2017 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Warriors Afcon qualifiers shifted to next year Staff Reporter Windhoek The Namibian senior football team, the Brave Warriors, as the team is affectionately known amongst its ardent follow- Confederation of African Football 2019, CAF African Cup of Nations rescheduled. The matches will be played between September 2018 and March 2019 due to changes in a congested lowing Africa’s representatives World Cup. With reference to the decision taken by the CAF Executive Committee at its meeting on the 16th of this month, in Rabat, Morocco, to postpone day two matches of the Total Africa Cup of Nations, the calendar has been adjusted accordingly. Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, to take advantage of the March window to prepare for the global showpiece. A CAF Special Committee consisting of chairmen Kwesi Nyantakyi and Kalusha Bwalya, and the presidents revealed the latest developments. The Warriors were slated to play against Zambia in their Group K 23, 2019 at home but will now host the Chipolopolos on the weekend of September 8, meaning the away and home matches against Mozambique Making strides… on match day three and four are now moved backwards. were scheduled to host Guinea, the latter having beaten Namibia 1-0 in match-day one in June this year, will now be played between November be played on March 18-29 2019 with Namibia travelling to Zambia. Mozambique head Group K with three points , with Guinea also on three in second place , followed by Namibia and Zambia on zero points after losing their opening games. The group winner and runner-up will qualify for the 2019 Afcon. The 32nd edition of the biannual by Cameroon in June and July 2019 as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on July 20 this year to move Afcon from January/ Cup of Nations expanded from 16 teams to 24. Hesron Kapanga Windhoek Cricket Namibia’s (CN) newly Peter Forster says a lot of mechanisms need to be in place for the 50 percent transformation for cricketers of colour to be achieved. Forster said this during an exclusive interview with Nampa last week, adding that currently a lot of things are needed to fully decentralise the game of cricket to all the regions in the country and meet the 50 percent transformation. “There’s a range of things that we need to have in place to allow development to occur and that includes facilities, because you can’t play basic cricket without facilities, equipment and good coaching,” he charged. Forster believes it will not make any sense to introduce cricket to areas that do not have the necessary infrastructure in place. “Transformation in cricket is not a quick to happen require money, proper coaching staff and infrastructure. “What’s the use of taking the game to places where kids have to travel long distances to venues or take cricket to a place where there are no qualified coaches Forster stated that lack of human resources in the different regions contributes to the slow pace A mountain to climb… CN CEO Peter Forster Invading sacred space… of transformation of the game. On the same note, John Heynes, operations manager at CN, said a lot of cricketers of colour are talented, but guidance is needed to help them remain in the sport. privileged to have been a player, coach and now in a management position from a group of people of colour in the sport.” Based on his experience, Heynes is adamant that in the local context, cricketers of colour need to be guided well through the system, because they sometimes quit the sport for other sporting disciplines practised daily in their respective towns or neighbourhoods. “Transformation in cricket is not going to come within a day,” he charged. He opines the current management is working towards implementing a hub where Kwata cricketers can graduate from soft ball cricket to hard ball. Kwata is CN’s developmental programme targeting cricketers in primary schools. As it stands, CN has one cricketer of colour in the under-11, three in the under-13, two in the programmes, while there are no cricketers of colour in the under-17 development programme. – Nampa